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Last Updated: Tuesday, 28 June, 2005, 12:40 GMT 13:40 UK
Fatigued Simoni pulls out of Tour
Gilberto Simoni
Simoni had been tipped to lead the Lampre-Caffita team
Former Giro d'Italia winner Gilberto Simoni has pulled out of this year's Tour de France because of fatigue.

The Italian had been tipped to head up the Lampre-Caffita team following team-mate Damiano Cunego's withdrawal with a virus.

But Simoni told Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport: "It's clear that I have muscular fatigue.

"Going to France would have been useless, it would have been a disaster for me."

The Tour, cycling's blue-riband event, begins on Saturday.


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